‘We’ll no longer be beholding to China’: Graham announces legislation incentivizing American-made PPE

Last month, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the U.S. MADE act, which he hopes will be included in the latest coronavirus relief package. If passed, the bill will create a 7.5 billion dollar tax credit for companies that manufacture PPE. Graham hopes this tax credit will relieve US reliance on foreign PPE. “The goal is to have 100% American-made in the strategic stockpile of PPE equipment in the next five years,” Graham said. To read the full story, click here.

Legislation introduced for long-term US-made PPE contracts

Earlier this week, representatives Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to the Senate that incentives domestic manufacturing of PPE. The legislation will require the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long term contracts for PPE made in the US. “Multi-year contracts give producers the certainty to know that their investment in the United States will be worth it, because the government will be there to buy the PPE they produce,” Senator Portman noted.

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[Video] Sen. Mitch McConnell on State Spending of Federal Stimulus Packages

This video from WHAS 11 shows Mitch McConnell tell reporters that Kentucky has only spent 6% of the stimulus package the commonwealth received from the federal government. Most other states have spent up to 25% of their allotted stimulus packages from Congress, but many are also sitting on the cash. Statistically, Kentucky is one of the worst when it comes to responsible budgeting. (The Pew Charitable Trust) Are states misusing federal funds? Or does this show further the disconnect between state and federal government on what aid is needed and the aid that is given? Click HERE or on the URL below to watch the video.

 

https://www.whas11.com/video/news/politics/coronavirus-sen-mitch-mcconnell-no-convinced-states-need-help/417-6c751e44-9e95-4a3c-96fd-29fff41a7c26

The Effect of COVID-19 on Labor Laws

In this article from the New Jersey Law Journal, readers can understand the effects of COVID-19 on labor laws. Employers face challenges as they attempt to comply with new and frequently changing federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance related to COVID-19, all of which are likely to continue evolving even after the development and availability of a vaccine and/or the enactment of liability shield legislation. Click HERE or the URL below to read the rest of the story.

 

https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2020/08/19/covid-19-and-the-workplace-getting-comfortable-with-the-uncomfortable/?slreturn=20200719112239

PPE Supply Shortage Woes Set to Continue

Check out this article from Kaiser Health News about the availability of PPE in the United States. The issues that we are seeing 7 months after the Coronavirus will be present moving forward. The lack of strategic planning or government intervention will require businesses and people to fend for themselves. The arrival of flu season in just a couple short months will compound the problems logistical supply chains are already facing. Many experts predict this shortage to continue until 2022. Click HERE or below on the thumbnail to get the full story from Kaiser Health News.

 

In Kansas visit, Dr. Birx urges use of masks

White House COVID-19 advisor Dr. Deborah Birx advocated the use of masks during her Kansas City roundtable on Sunday. She also urged leaders to ensure mask mandates during times in which positive cases are rising. To read more, click here.

Biden calls for mask mandate nationwide

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is suggesting a nationwide protective mask mandate. According to health experts, a mask mandate could save upwards of 40,000 lives in the next three months. Click here to read more.

Why Weren’t We Prepared?

In this feature article, presented by the Wall Street Journal, we understand how Scientists had been prepared to see a deadly virus rock the world and its economy: A pathogen that would be born in animals, spread to humans and do so silently making it impossible to track. This disease on scientists’ drawing boards was labeled Disease X.

Here we are, August 2020, and the world has been engulfed in the Coronavirus, or as scientists liked to call it before COVID-19 struck: Disease X. Coronavirus has left almost 21 million people around the world infected and amounting a death toll of 760,000 (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center). If the scientists around the world recognized PPE was critical to stopping a Disease X like virus, why weren’t our governments prepared? Read this feature article from the Wall Street Journal to dive into the full story.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-deadly-coronavirus-was-inevitable-why-was-no-one-ready-for-covid-11597325213?mod=hp_lead_pos11

 

California paid a price for mask shortage in dollars and lives, coronavirus study finds

A new UC Berkeley Labor Center study estimates that at least 15,800 essential workers would not have contracted the COVID-19 virus had California properly stocked their PPE reserves. The study urges government officials to stockpile masks, gloves, and other protective equipment in the future. Read the entire story here.

Most Protective Masks: Ranked

The New York Post has pulled some key information from the Duke University study on mask efficacy standards by ranking the most commonly worn masks from most to least protective. At the top are the N95 masks and polypropylene masks, while at the bottom are bandannas and neck gaiters. Use this information to keep yourself and your family safe.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/11/duke-university-face-mask-researchers-share-more-on-study/